Train Accidents and Derailments


It seems that every month there is a news report about another train accident or derailment with a tragic outcome. Even a minor train accident can cause catastrophic injuries and railroad crossing accidents often result in fatalities. It is vital to consult with a train accident attorney to explore your compensation options. Attorney Michael P. D’Amico has the knowledge and skills to skillfully navigate the legal system and help you receive the maximum compensation possible in your claim.

Common Causes:

  • Defective signals or gates
  • Railroad crossings hidden by plants or other objects
  • Trains parked near a crossing
  • Trains that do not use audio or visual signals when approaching crossings


Train derailments may often be the result of a failure to follow federally regulated safety standards. Some of the most common reasons for derailments include faulty tracks, overloaded cargo, and obstacles on the tracks. Other causes include:

  • Excessive speed
  • Broken gauges
  • Conductor negligence
  • Sharp turns
  • Misaligned or broken rails
  • Defective rails
  • Switching rule violations
  • Improper handling of the train

When a train derailment occurs, the consequences can be devastating. Fatalities and serious injuries, including concussions, broken bones and ribs, internal bleeding, crush injuries, sprained joints, and amputations are often the result.

When railroads fail to make tracks safe by performing appropriate and routine maintenance and repairs and adhering to all safety regulations, the consequences may be dire. If the train company is found to be negligent, they can be held accountable for causing substantial injury and pain and suffering. If there is a misaligned train track involved in the derailment, the private track owner or public track manager may also be held liable.

How a Train Accident Lawyer Can Help

Negligence is challenging to prove in a train accident. The support of a train accident attorney is invaluable in receiving the maximum compensation available for your injuries and pain and suffering.

For railroad workers and families injured in a train accident or derailment, an attorney can help you file a compensation claim for wrongful death and punitive damages.

Whether you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a train derailment, you may be entitled to compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.

Types of Train Accident Compensation Claims

Non-Economic Damages

Damages include pain and suffering, including physical pain, mental anguish, permanent disability, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional trauma.

Families of deceased train accident victims may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit, requesting compensation for the loss of companionship, financial suffering, and emotional trauma due to their loved one’s death.

Economic Losses

Injured train accident victims can request compensation for:

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills and treatment costs
  • Medication costs
  • Surgery and post-operative expenses
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Future therapy and rehabilitative costs
  • No-fault insurance benefits

The Right Lawyer Makes All the Difference

Attorney Michael P. D’Amico at 203-824-2969 is a top personal injury lawyer in Connecticut with a history of getting the maximum possible compensation for his clients. Contact D’Amico Law LLC for a no cost initial consultation at 203-824-2969. Let us help you receive your highest compensation for damages.

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